Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bring our troops home, Part 2 ~ By Pat Boone

Commentary from WorldNetDaily
Pat Boone By Pat Boone Posted: November 21, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 I received an amazing response to my last column, in which I called loudly for the president – trying desperately to decide what to do in his newfound role as commander in chief – to issue the executive order to bring every last soldier in the Middle East home. By Christmas. Amazing to me, because most of the response was overwhelmingly affirmative and positive. I write for conservative readers, and most conservatives, like me, want to bring our troops home to waving flags and proclamations of victory. Yet most readers seem to agree with my loud call. What has become increasingly clear is that we won our victory in the first days of the invasion of Iraq. We hunted down and eventually executed Saddam Hussein, established that he had managed to sneak his WMDs over to Syria and out of our reach, and gave the Iraqi people a chance to create their own democracy – if they wanted it enough. We should have come home to the parades, declared "mission accomplished," and sent thousands of fighting men and women back to their families. But no. Partly in hubris, partly in a desire to "spread democracy," and mainly in determination to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden, we got sucked into a rat hole, ambushed by amateurs with roadside bombs, and pushed into Afghanistan and Pakistan with our tanks and remote-controlled drones and flame throwers – to be confronted with scarcely trained but highly motivated locals who hid in caves and bushes on the hillsides. Locals who were in too many cases eager to strap on bombs and die, killing whomever they could. America's intent was to give the locals a chance at life, a better life, but many of these locals have been brainwashed to actually prefer death, if they can take others, even some of their own countrymen, with them. So what's to win? What is a "victory" for American troops in the Middle East? What can we accomplish that's worth the lives of even more of America's finest young? A couple more corrupt governments, maybe even severe setbacks to al-Qaida, possibly a dead Osama? [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]
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